Monday Milers

The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”.  The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph.  Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes.  We  stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).

Regular departure time and place:  The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64.  Start time is 9:00 AM.  Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.

Hike leader:  Richard Mayberry  828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), mayberryfinearts@gmail.com

If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.

“All who wander are not lost.”–J.R.R. Tolkien

MONDAY MILERS: FALL/WINTER 2021-22 SCHEDULE
Adventures with Richard…

October 4 MOUNTAINS TO SEA, GREEN KNOB TRAIL
5.3 miles, 700’ climb, R5, $5.00
A shuttle, from 215 near the BRP we hike SW on the MTS to Green Knob Trail, short distance
to lunch, then back to the MST to parking at Rough Butt overlook.

October 11 BUCK SPRINGS TO PISGAH INN
6.1 miles, 1,500 ascent, 65’ descent, R7, car fee: $4.00.
A shuttle: leave a car at the Pisgah Inn, we will begin our hike at the Buck Springs parking on HWY 276. Let’s plan to have lunch at the Pisgah Inn?

October 18 DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE VARIATION
4.6 miles, 900’ ascent, 660’ descent’, R6, car fee: $5.00
Park at 215 and the BRP, hike to Devil’s Courthouse via the Mountains to Sea Trail then return via the Blue Ridge Parkway.

October 25 SYCAMORE COVE FROM LOWE’S
7 miles, est. 700’ ascent, R6, no car fee
From Lowe’s parking we hike out the Estatoe Trail, cross footbridge and hike right to the Sycamore Cove trailhead, hike the trail and return.

November 1 GORGES STATE PARK, RAINBOW FALLS, etc.
6 miles, 950’ ascent, R6, $3.50 car fee
From the trailhead go past Rainbow Falls to Turtle Falls and back. Lunch at Stair Step Falls.

November 8 DUPONT FOREST: CEDAR ROCK/BURNT MOUNTAIN
7.5 miles, 880’ ascent, 830’ descent, R6, car fee: $3.00
From Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike up Cedar Rock, do the loop, hike Burnt Mountain loop, then hike the Nooks loop, have lunch at the Little River, wade or soak feet, then return to cars on Corn Mills Shoals trail.

November 15 SOAPSTONE RIDGE THE LONG WAY
8 miles, 900’ ascent, R7, car fee: $3.00
From Yellow Gap Rd., hike in on Barnett Branch to Pink Beds, left to connector trail to Gauging Trail, out the South Mills River trail, right onto Soapstone Ridge trail connecting with Barnett Branch and finish.

November 22 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, LIBERTY BIKES – US 191
6.4 miles, 875’ ascent, 950’ descent, R5, $5.00 car fee
A shuttle hike from Liberty Bikes on the MST to the parking area just past the 191 exit on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

November 29 BENT CREEK TO ARBORETUM WANDER
6 miles est., 500’ climb est., R7, car fee: $5.00
A Shuttle hike from Rice Pinnacle (Bent Creek Exp. Forest) we hike out Hard Times Connector, then hike out Old Bent Creek Gap Rd., go left on Greenhouse Way then wander in the Arboretum finally getting to our cars near the Arboretum Gates.

December 6 LITTLE SAM LOOP
5-6 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5.00 car fee
From the side parking on road 816 we walk down to the Big Sam parking. From there we hike on the Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam Trail, go up to Little Sam and out on the rock for lunch. Then we return to our cars via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

December 13 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, LIBERTY BIKES – FOLK ART CENTER
8.2 miles, 8.4 if divert to Visitor’s Center, 1,300’ climb, 1,200’ descent, R7, $5.00 car fee
A shuttle with the idea of Christmas shopping at the Folk Art Center. We hike a short “user trail” from Diamond Brand store, turn left (northward) onto the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and hike to the Folk Art Center

December 20 PINK BEDS
5.4 miles, 280’ climb, R3, $3.00
From Pink Beds parking we hike the loop. Option: start from Barnette Branch, add .6 mile

December 27 BRACKEN MOUNTAIN
5.7 miles, 1,300’ ascent/descent, R5, car fee: $2.00
A lollipop trail, from parking we hike the Bracken Mtn. trail (blue), to the shortcut trail (yellow), then left onto Mackey Ridge trail (red).

January 3, 2022 PERRY COVE VIA BENNETT GAP
5 miles, 1,250’ ascent, R5, car fee: $1.00
A loop from Avery Creek Rd. we take Bennett Gap up to Perry Cove, then right back to Forest Rd. 5054 to Bennett Gap then left to cars.

January 10, 2022 CAT GAP LOOP AND JOHN ROCK
6 miles, 1,200’ climb, R7, $2.00
Hiking counterclockwise we will hike Cat Gap via the short cut to John Rock trail. We’ll stop for lunch with a view and continue on the John Rock loop to Cat Gap and back to the Fish Hatchery.

January 17 SOAPSTONE RIDGE
6.8 miles, 800’ climb, R6, $3.00
From the gauging tower off Yellow Gap Rd. we hike in on the South Mills River trail, take a left onto a “user trail” hike up Soapstone Ridge to Barnett Branch, right, then down to Pink Beds, right, right again to the connector trail returning to our cars.

January 24 GREEN RIVER GAME LANDS – NORTH SIDE
5.8 miles, 1,000’ ascent*, 990’ descent*, R8, $5.00 car fee
A loop hike, off Big Hungry Road, hike down Pulliam Creek Trail 1.5 miles, take Narrows Spur (very difficult) out and back .2 miles, continue down Pulliam Creek . 7 miles, left onto Bear Branch Trail 1.5 miles, left onto Bishop Branch Trail 1.1 miles, left onto Rock Hop Trail, then right on Pulliam Creek Trail to cars. *Ascent/descent does not include the Narrows Spur trail. Add maybe 300’ for that.